WORLD CINEMA JURY PRIZE: DOCUMENTARY WINNER Sonita

Sonita

Sun. January 31, 1:00pm, Library Center Theatre, Park City

As a female rapper in conservative Iran, Sonita’s talents are a liability. But Sonita insists on dreaming big. Her beats are as solid as stones, her rhymes are fierce, and her videos are a piercing howl against the constant injustice, fear, and sexism women must endure. It was only a matter of time before her charismatic presence and spirited eyes changed her fortune, and with the help of acclaimed director Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami, she is suddenly offered a scholarship that leads her on a dangerous trip back to Afghanistan and ultimately to Utah. All the while, Sonita’s conservative mother insists she must be married off soon, at a price, and threatens to derail Sonita’s life at its most critical juncture.

An intimate portrait of creativity and womanhood, Sonita highlights the rarely seen intricacies and shifting contrasts of Iranian society through the lens of an artist who is defining the next generation.

Awards ceremony available via LIVE STREAM at sundance.org Saturday, January, 30th, 6:00p.m.
Visit Festival Base Camp Presented by Canada Goose to view the stream.

YEAR 2015

SECTION Award Winners

COUNTRY Germany/Iran/Switzerland

RUN TIME 91 min

LANGUAGE English and Farsi

SUBTITLES YES with English subtitles